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PHCY211 Fundamental Pharmaceutical Science

Foundation topics in the pharmaceutical sciences, including drug design, medicinal chemistry, medicine formulation and delivery, and biopharmaceutics.

Paper title Fundamental Pharmaceutical Science
Paper code PHCY211
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.3800
Points 48 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,041.14
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $14,424.80

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Limited to
Limited to: BPharm
Professor Sarah Hook (
Teaching staff
To be advised
Paper Structure
  • 119 Lectures
  • 11Laboratories
  • 22Workshops
Textbooks are not required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper students will be able to:
  • Interpret and predict how the physical and chemical properties of a drug may influence drug effects and pharmacokinetics.
  • Understand the pharmacological actions and metabolic fate associated with drug molecules and their functional groups.
  • Apply the principles of drug pharmacodynamics to understand the actions, drug-drug interactions and side effects of medicines.
  • Understand the suitability of a drug, dosage form, dose and/or route of administration with respect to therapeutic efficacy.
  • Use appropriate pharmaceutical calculations in pharmaceutical settings.
  • Understand the process of pharmaceutical development.
  • Interpret concepts of quantitative analysis and how this is applied to therapeutics and analytics.
  • Apply principles of scientific research and research methods to problem solving.
  • Communicate expert scientific knowledge effectively to different audiences.
  • Use appropriate communication techniques to establish and maintain a collaborative and constructive relationships with people and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate professional integrity through appropriate professional behaviour.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system